What is the difference between cosmetic and functional Rhinoplasty?
Cosmetic surgery in Long Island, New York can change the shape of a small portion of the nose or the whole nose and create a more harmonious balance with the other facial features. Drs. Lin and Cohen- Kashi also have experience in using Rhinoplasty to improve overall breathing and comfort.
Functional Rhinoplasty is an excellent surgical option to improve sinus problems and correct a common condition known as a deviated septum. A deviated septum is a condition where the soft tissue that divides the nose in half (the septum) is significantly off center or crooked. This can result in nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, and recurring sinus infections. Although not everyone experiences these symptoms to the same degree, it’s estimated that 80% of people (most unaware) have some degree of misalignment in their nasal septum. A deviated septum can also be corrected simultaneously during your Cosmetic Rhinoplasty.
Is Rhinoplasty a complicated procedure & what are the cosmetic benefits?
Cosmetic Rhinoplasty, although very common, is one of the most complicated cosmetic surgical procedures because the nose plays a critical role in creating balance with the other facial features. Drs. Lin and Cohen-Kashi of Great Neck, New York are skilled surgeons that understand the aesthetic complexity of Rhinoplasty. Cosmetic Rhinoplasty can help bring the nose into harmony with the rest of the face by modifying its:
- Overall appearance
- Size of the nostrils
I’ve heard that a chin implant is oftentimes recommended with Rhinoplasty. Is that true & if so why?
Yes, chin enhancement may also be recommended during your Rhinoplasty, because the chin is an important reference point in relationship to the nose. Chin enhancement in combination with Rhinoplasty can further enhance your profile by making the chin more prominent.
Who is an ideal candidate for Rhinoplasty?
- People who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose from birth
- People who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose as it ages overtime
- People who have ongoing breathing problems or sinus infections caused by a deviated septum
- People in reasonably good health who have realistic expectation
What can I expect during surgery & where will my incisions be placed?
Both cosmetic and functional Rhinoplasty are relatively short procedures and can take anywhere from 1.5 – 3 hours. Patients can have the procedure while they’re under sedation or under general anesthesia. Although, in some cases, incisions need to be placed in the natural creases near the base of the nose, most of the time incisions can be hidden inside the nostrils. Incisions heal quickly and scarring is nearly invisible.
What can I expect during the recovery process?
Discomfort from the surgery is also very minimal. The most uncomfortable part of the recovery is having to breathe through your mouth while the nose heals for several days. Minor swelling is also common but improves within one to two weeks. Swelling can also occur around the eyes and interfere with vision, so driving is not recommended until at least three weeks after the surgery. You can return to normal activities after about four weeks, but final results can take up to one year.